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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
August 15, 2015
A Light Watch
Dear Shore & Co.,
The sun set around 2130 for us on August 14 with an unreal show. Thick layers of cumulus clouds stratified the sky horizon to horizon with a tiny rim of mountains along the southern coast of Spain far to the west. As the sun went behind the clouds, a red glow radiated upward through a low haze above the mountains, striking several different cloud layers and turning them brilliant vermillion while leaving patches of blue-gold sky in between. A headwind picked up enough to mix black facets with the glowing reflection on the water. Our assistant steward, Nina, sat on a deck box next to me singing while the standing watch and David, our captain, stood nearby enjoying the view, the breeze, and the music. If Mallorca turned out to be the worst place on Earth, this trip would still be worth it for that sunset.
As the most vibrant light faded, I went below to catch a few hours rest before dawn watch, which held its own surprises. The cumulus clouds from that evening turned out to be a precursor of our day today, and not only the squall Gracie described. Throughout the entirety of our dawn watch, lighting silently illuminated clouds in the distance and the occasional big flash would light up the whole ship, too. These flashes were accompanied by the normal shore lights (lighthouses, towns, buoys, etc.) in addition to shooting stars and glowing pyrosomes! The Persied meteor shower peaked a couple days ago, and we are still seeing the tail end of that on clear nights. In the water, pyrosomes were stirred up by our bow wave, creating scatterings of bright green spots in the water close to our hull.
Oh, the places we have gone!
Oh, the sights we have seen!
Do good things,
Message in a bottle:
To my dear sister La! Good luck on your next adventure-I'm so happy for you and I wish you the best of luck. Talk to you soon. Mum and dad-as always I hope you two are well-I think of you every day. Love you all dearly. And finally to my C-252 shipmates, you'll always be my first-hope all is well.